Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram

Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, a registered organization, was established by late Sri Balasaheb Deshpande, an advocate by profession in 1952 in Jashpur Nagar of Chhattisgarh State with couple of boys. Today it is world’s largest Voluntary Organization working among tribes with 18162 service projects in 12828 places engaged in education, health care, economic empowerment and cultural awakening.

  • There are nearly 11 crore people (about 8.5% of the population) in our country living in remote hills and forests.
  • They are Hindus from beginning.
  • They are spread in about 650 major diverse groups each one with its own tradition, customs, rituals, social values, music, folk dances, and dynamic methods of worships.
  • The developments in the fields of education, basic health care, transportation and communication etc. have not reached them properly.
  • The mining, industrialization, major irrigation projects have driven out them from their natural habitat without proper rehabilitation.
  • They are most backward, poor, illiterate and neglected.
  • In spite of poverty, lack of modern education and cultural onslaught of over 1000 years by alien religious faiths, even today they have retained their culture, traditions and faith.
  • Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram has accepted the challenge to give strength to the ‘identity’ of ‘VANVASI’ and emotional integration of the nation by action, speech, intellect and heart. Self-respect, self-reliance, education, cultural identity, awareness and patriotism are the base for their total development.